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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Yesterday, 12:42 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 146
Posted By CityGarden
As a parent for overnights I would want toddler...

As a parent for overnights I would want toddler beds (or cribs for little ones).... not cots. Do you have an Ikea near you?

Ikea Toddler Bed #1 $70...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-16-2018, 12:50 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,512
Posted By CityGarden
I use a highlighter..... at pick up time exactly...

I use a highlighter..... at pick up time exactly I highlight the line in bright yellow..... so they sign knowing that we both know they are late.

I also use a highlighter when they forget to sign...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-14-2018, 02:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 297
Posted By CityGarden
Currently I have a one hour drop off window... ...

Currently I have a one hour drop off window...
8:30am - 9:30am with no drop off after 9:30am
This has saved me so much and I am grateful for the window.

I am transitioning to a 1/2 day program...
Forum: New Members - Welcome to the Daycare.com Forum! 08-13-2018, 09:29 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 294
Posted By CityGarden
Congratulations on getting your paperwork in. I...

Congratulations on getting your paperwork in. I put my name down for my program but licensing still listed ii just under my name..... that could just be my state or analyst though.
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 08-13-2018, 09:26 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 27,956
Posted By CityGarden
In my program there is an enrollment fee due your...

In my program there is an enrollment fee due your first year (which shows me your commitment to enroll and covers materials) and then a materials fee in subsequent years (that is equal to the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-08-2018, 12:08 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 659
Posted By CityGarden
Like others have said you need to find your...

Like others have said you need to find your balance and what works best for you.... My program has shorter hours so other than nap time or time my assistant is focus on the dcks or they are napping I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-07-2018, 10:12 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 424
Posted By CityGarden
I think for the sake of your friendship I would...

I think for the sake of your friendship I would find a way to stop providing care (when there is not an issue) because if this was not the tipping point for you it surely will come.

SA care is...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-07-2018, 02:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 276
Posted By CityGarden
Most of my dcks are PT and I love them!!! I think...

Most of my dcks are PT and I love them!!! I think you will get the opposite of what you desire by getting frustrated or trying to fight her into submission....

I do the following:

Communicate...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-06-2018, 08:59 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 369
Posted By CityGarden
Eek I read Mike's post and thought it was a good...

Eek I read Mike's post and thought it was a good compromise so I gave the parent the option of bank transfer or check without fee or cc with 2.9% fee..... I am hoping she will figure out either bank...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-06-2018, 03:46 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 369
Posted By CityGarden
New Client Want To Pay With Credit Card...

I have a new client who plans to enroll and is asking to pay by credit card. I typically accept payments via Zelle (Bank Transfer) and sent her a payment request thru Zelle.

Her response today......
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-02-2018, 10:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 275
Posted By CityGarden
I have a pre-enrollment form that is required...

I have a pre-enrollment form that is required prior to scheduling a tour.

I have ask basics: Name (parent & child), address, phone, email, age of child, schedule request, desired start date, blank...
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 07-30-2018, 11:00 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 306
Posted By CityGarden
I am not on the FP but this is very interesting. ...

I am not on the FP but this is very interesting. A lot of my families send their children yogurt so I may add it to our morning snack once a week starting in the fall.....

What do you all serve...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-30-2018, 10:48 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 752
Posted By CityGarden
I agree with BC on this one.... had you made it...

I agree with BC on this one.... had you made it matter of fact in the first email,

"Sorry I do not offer drop in care as it disrupts the children enrolled full time in our care, however we do...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-30-2018, 10:37 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 229
Posted By CityGarden
LOL Dave that would be a easy feature for...

LOL Dave that would be a easy feature for Brightwheel to add though.... ;)

Yes I have learned keeping the business side as streamlined as possible is a good idea!!! I learned that pretty quickly....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-29-2018, 09:57 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 229
Posted By CityGarden
Talking Breaking Up with Brightwheel

Brightwheel certainly has it's strengths (daily reports/ digital journal, nice layout, billing, attendance, etc.) but I decided early on it was not for me..... I have come to loath the obligation of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-27-2018, 01:20 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 645
Posted By CityGarden
ENJOY!!!! Sounds like you earned it. I still...

ENJOY!!!! Sounds like you earned it.

I still have 2 hours to go until I am off.... I am so looking forward to being off because it is a rare night that I will have the house completely to myself...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-26-2018, 08:16 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 519
Posted By CityGarden
Yes I would.... I love what I do but if I...

Yes I would....

I love what I do but if I had a level of generational wealth that would allow me to start my own commercial preschool or another business outside of my home I would do that in a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-23-2018, 03:58 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 262
Posted By CityGarden
Honestly I cracked up just thinking about how...

Honestly I cracked up just thinking about how they would respond to that --- part of me would LOVE to do that.

Since we are in a similar area / market do you find your clients want this same sort...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-23-2018, 03:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 332
Posted By CityGarden
Would you like the picture updates more if they...

Would you like the picture updates more if they were more consistent? If they posted your child each day would you still prefer the paper slip?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-23-2018, 03:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 262
Posted By CityGarden
I am trying to minimize their time at pick up.......

I am trying to minimize their time at pick up.... a sign that would lead to more conversation is the opposite of my goal.

I could imagine my parents now reading that sign then... "Did Billy like...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-23-2018, 03:48 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 262
Posted By CityGarden
I agree I think the repetitive nature bores...

I agree I think the repetitive nature bores parents and they stop reading them --- they appreciate them initially but stop paying attention.

I could not tell from your post on one hand you say you...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-23-2018, 02:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 259
Posted By CityGarden
I have one family who I text each month the day...

I have one family who I text each month the day before payment is due..... they do an instant electronic transfer thru Zelle. Maybe offer both of them to set their payments up on auto pay so they...
Forum: New Members - Welcome to the Daycare.com Forum! 07-23-2018, 02:25 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 99
Posted By CityGarden
Welcome!!! I love this forum.

Welcome!!! I love this forum.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-23-2018, 01:46 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 507
Posted By CityGarden
I would not want that sign in my home so I can...

I would not want that sign in my home so I can understand your hesitation. I love this job (most days) but really loathe it in my home and wish my state allowed it in a second home like BC's state.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-23-2018, 01:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 400
Posted By CityGarden
Good for you it seems you have drawn a line in...

Good for you it seems you have drawn a line in the sand!!!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-23-2018, 01:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 262
Posted By CityGarden
Parent Communications

Another thread today reminded me I need to decide on the best method for parent communications for my program this upcoming school year. I have found good communications cut down on parents trying...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-23-2018, 01:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 332
Posted By CityGarden
Some providers use services like Brightwheel to...

Some providers use services like Brightwheel to give individual updates, I tried it (parents LOVE it) but I am too busy (and don't like) doing individual updates. If I did infant/ young toddler care...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-23-2018, 12:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 292
Posted By CityGarden
I am sorry but it seems like this family is not a...

I am sorry but it seems like this family is not a good fit for your program. You want teachers and teacher schedules keep your new schedule and market to replace this child/family.

Right now by...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-20-2018, 02:04 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 733
Posted By CityGarden
YES rompers are such a huge PITA. I have one dcg...

YES rompers are such a huge PITA. I have one dcg who has been wearing them 1-2 times per week all summer.... this is her last month and I am just so happy the rompers will be gone. LOL
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-19-2018, 08:36 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 398
Posted By CityGarden
I had this situation with my first day care...

I had this situation with my first day care family when I first opened.... except I knew DCM actually needed the hours due to work.

Once my enrollments were up and I was in a financial position...
Forum: Curriculum 07-11-2018, 03:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 382
Posted By CityGarden
Reading this I was thinking the same question.....

Reading this I was thinking the same question.....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-11-2018, 01:40 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 476
Posted By CityGarden
It was terrible, Assistant ended up sick with the...

It was terrible, Assistant ended up sick with the same symptoms dcb had and was out for a week. :rolleyes:

It has never been the same between the Assistant & I. That was the final straw (she was...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-11-2018, 10:57 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 476
Posted By CityGarden
Update: I ended up using BC's wording above but...

Update:
I ended up using BC's wording above but also said I would make a one-time exception given the short notice and offer her a partial refund for next week.... I also said my assistant was not...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-11-2018, 10:40 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 227
Posted By CityGarden
Hmm I do not use Brightwheel in that way........

Hmm I do not use Brightwheel in that way..... (only for billing here) but I do have some oops moments with voice to text so I always double check.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-10-2018, 09:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 476
Posted By CityGarden
I want to 100% feel that way too but I also do...

I want to 100% feel that way too but I also do know it is very short notice.....even for a SAHM :rolleyes:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-10-2018, 09:06 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 476
Posted By CityGarden
Thanks so much for the quick reply it really...

Thanks so much for the quick reply it really helps to hear insights from others. I will certainly be using some of your wording.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-10-2018, 09:05 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 476
Posted By CityGarden
Just sent you a PM!!!

Just sent you a PM!!!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-10-2018, 09:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 476
Posted By CityGarden
Cliff Notes Version: I have learned from this...

Cliff Notes Version: I have learned from this forum that my assistant should not be their backup care.

Example: Assistant babysat for a dcb's family date nights, etc. several weeks later Assistant...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-10-2018, 01:35 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 476
Posted By CityGarden
Would You Refund?

Last year I took 3 weeks paid vacation in Summer since I do not charge more for months with 5 weeks instead of 4 (this is in the contract)..... this year I am only taking 2 weeks. The first week I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-02-2018, 12:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 522
Posted By CityGarden
Is she asking you to do infant care? I only...

Is she asking you to do infant care?

I only taker children 2+ and two of my families just had infants neither expect me to take the infants....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-29-2018, 01:35 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 536
Posted By CityGarden
This is my thoughts too! I am a "water only"...

This is my thoughts too! I am a "water only" program and do not serve any milk but have thought about doing a snack rotation among the parents..... my concern is parents forgetting.

I get annoyed...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-27-2018, 10:24 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 290
Posted By CityGarden
If you were a home daycare or worked in a home...

If you were a home daycare or worked in a home daycare you would likely not be able to get an exemption with a violent crime so recent. I am not sure if that would be different in a center setting...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-25-2018, 04:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 334
Posted By CityGarden
Personally I like to do tours right as I open.......

Personally I like to do tours right as I open....

- the space is clean and set up for the day
- they can see the program in a natural drop off state and see other parents
- I can see if...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-24-2018, 12:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 356
Posted By CityGarden
Congratulations on getting your first dck!!! With...

Congratulations on getting your first dck!!! With three kids even if two are your own it will help to have a solid routine and it will help your own children adapt to the new routine....

Some days...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-15-2018, 12:03 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 643
Posted By CityGarden
I do not provide milk because each family would...

I do not provide milk because each family would likely have a different "milk" preference.... whole, 1%, raw, almond, soy, skim, etc. LOL

Also I personally do not agree that milk is a healthy need...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-07-2018, 08:18 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 640
Posted By CityGarden
This is how I have addressed it in the past. Once...

This is how I have addressed it in the past. Once you have filled your spots be sure to go back and delete the entire thread that way if your rates change in future they are not listed in the group...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-07-2018, 07:49 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 52,485
Posted By CityGarden
oops just noticed that.

oops just noticed that.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-07-2018, 07:48 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 52,485
Posted By CityGarden
I do not take infants.... but in my area...

I do not take infants.... but in my area providers are charging $65-70 per day for infants and they tend to do infants only if they take them.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-07-2018, 07:44 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 456
Posted By CityGarden
It is not uncommon in my area for parents to be...

It is not uncommon in my area for parents to be charge the same amount all year regardless of holiday/vacation closures. I charge for them and honestly if I was terminating I would wait to give that...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-01-2018, 01:19 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,003
Posted By CityGarden
We serve snack only but I have asked parents to...

We serve snack only but I have asked parents to not send in the traditional rice cakes (too messy) and peanuts (due to allergies)....

Personally I do not like peas but will serve them in veggie...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-01-2018, 01:16 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 610
Posted By CityGarden
This is what I would say as well in your case. ...

This is what I would say as well in your case.

Wanted to add that I personally like the easy of mobile deposits, parents give the check to me and I upload them during snack time the funds are...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-31-2018, 01:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 871
Posted By CityGarden
Yes this is a hard lesson which I have had to...

Yes this is a hard lesson which I have had to learn. All families will do what is in their own best interest.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-31-2018, 01:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 427
Posted By CityGarden
This is a nice approach! I would just need a...

This is a nice approach! I would just need a non-plastic sort of subscription though....

I have been building a Waldorf style play area and leave all items out other than art supplies which...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-31-2018, 01:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 424
Posted By CityGarden
You are right Too Many Kitties, great background...

You are right Too Many Kitties, great background info for anyone considering them.

I decided it was not a fit for me but did some research: talking to Brightwheel and some of the providers signed...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-31-2018, 11:59 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 521
Posted By CityGarden
Yes this is how I took it... I am in CA with a...

Yes this is how I took it... I am in CA with a small license since I have no interest in SA care I just tell parents I am licensed for six per day.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-30-2018, 12:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 480
Posted By CityGarden
I have never but I have thought about doing a...

I have never but I have thought about doing a referral discount or something like that....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-30-2018, 10:20 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 581
Posted By CityGarden
My current routine... Friday during nap time:...

My current routine...
Friday during nap time: Menu Plan (for daycare and home)
Monday during nap time: Grocery shop via Instacart
PROS: Super easy and great productive use of nap time. CONS: Often...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-22-2018, 10:43 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 424
Posted By CityGarden
Wonderschool

I came across a Facebook Ad for Wonderschool which seems to just be a network on in-home day care programs.

Do any of you have a program with Wonderschool?

I must be missing something but I do...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-15-2018, 10:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 276
Posted By CityGarden
I have thought about a fridge just for my dcks...

I have thought about a fridge just for my dcks but the additional hit to my electric bill each month was not worth it. In your case it might be worth it though.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-15-2018, 10:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 498
Posted By CityGarden
I have a little dcb who is full of wonder and has...

I have a little dcb who is full of wonder and has such a sweet soul. His family is a Waldorf family and he thrives with rhythm and loves nature. He is all boy with tons of energy, can crash into...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-15-2018, 09:46 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 647
Posted By CityGarden
I have several openings right now too! The...

I have several openings right now too! The nature of the age group I serve..... I would not give a heads up unless you want them to leave ASAP.

If your goal is to stay in this business then I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-15-2018, 05:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 499
Posted By CityGarden
I am late to the party but Happy Provider...

I am late to the party but Happy Provider Appreciation All!!!!!!!!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-15-2018, 04:06 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 797
Posted By CityGarden
Great point I am Tier 2 which did impact my...

Great point I am Tier 2 which did impact my decision.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-15-2018, 10:31 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 797
Posted By CityGarden
I see the value to what Tom's blog said about the...

I see the value to what Tom's blog said about the financial value but still decided to opt out of the food program. I provide homemade organic snack but I see value in parents providing lunches from...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-14-2018, 11:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 642
Posted By CityGarden
Parenting Workshops Mom & Me Classes Date...

Parenting Workshops
Mom & Me Classes
Date Night Care - once a month
Care during school breaks - Thanksgiving, winter, spring & summer
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-09-2018, 11:28 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 478
Posted By CityGarden
I would love the form too BC!!! For me I...

I would love the form too BC!!!

For me I make my sick policy crystal clear before they enroll and I state is as a selling point in that due to my strict policy their child will get sick less and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-09-2018, 11:26 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 365
Posted By CityGarden
I have not read the first post but I am glad it...

I have not read the first post but I am glad it worked itself out.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-07-2018, 01:27 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 832
Posted By CityGarden
Okay I feel the same way.... gosh I love this...

Okay I feel the same way.... gosh I love this forum.

Any suggestions on how to say no thanks since I don't want to lie and say I don't have the space. I actually don't have space until June...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-07-2018, 01:21 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 832
Posted By CityGarden
I would not make additional income for May for...

I would not make additional income for May for June I would make money on him here. Sadly I will be marketing soon for those June/September openings so I don't want to lie and her see ads or...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-07-2018, 01:18 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 832
Posted By CityGarden
I am really strict on biting and am very...

I am really strict on biting and am very concerned with adding it to the group....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-07-2018, 01:16 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 832
Posted By CityGarden
As of June I will have two spots and I made the...

As of June I will have two spots and I made the mistake of saying that already plus I need to start marketing to fill those two spots so I do not want lie and tell her I'm full when I will soon be...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-07-2018, 01:05 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 832
Posted By CityGarden
I have a part-day preschool program so they...

I have a part-day preschool program so they commit for the school year.... committing for the school year is important for me because unlike care for kids 2 and under in my area parents search and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-07-2018, 12:51 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 832
Posted By CityGarden
My comments are above in pink.

My comments are above in pink.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-05-2018, 02:31 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 832
Posted By CityGarden
Thanks for the reply. My responses are in pink...

Thanks for the reply. My responses are in pink above. What do you think I should do from here?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-05-2018, 02:20 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 662
Posted By CityGarden
Wow very exciting!!!! Congratulations.

Wow very exciting!!!! Congratulations.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-05-2018, 08:54 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 832
Posted By CityGarden
Would You Even Consider This Child?

I will have two openings this summer.... I have not actively been marketing those as I do not mind having a light summer enrollment.... that said I will miss the income from those two spots...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-03-2018, 09:49 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 448
Posted By CityGarden
This was my thought too! I do not take SA kids...

This was my thought too! I do not take SA kids so it would be easy for me to tell them that.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-03-2018, 09:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 333
Posted By CityGarden
For my program our printer has to be COLOR! ...

For my program our printer has to be COLOR!

I replaced a personal use Canon printer for a HP printer with Instant Ink due to cost savings. I have the highest plan and love that I never need to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-01-2018, 08:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 661
Posted By CityGarden
I aim to be proactive and send invoices in...

I aim to be proactive and send invoices in advance. That said I have one who is leaving mid-June who is M/W/F they always pay the first day their child is here instead of the first of the month....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-30-2018, 02:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 668
Posted By CityGarden
He went to 1/2 day! He seemed in a better mood...

He went to 1/2 day! He seemed in a better mood and really engaged the group today without issues at drop off. The whole group did better at nap time too!!!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-30-2018, 01:10 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 912
Posted By CityGarden
I give raw carrots to my tiny dog because she is...

I give raw carrots to my tiny dog because she is teething and it seems to give her relief.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-26-2018, 09:47 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 457
Posted By CityGarden
Yippie!!!!!!! Gave notice yesterday I will have...

Yippie!!!!!!! Gave notice yesterday I will have all my dcks at the same pick up time. happyfacehappyfacehappyface

In the fall I'm sure I will have some new dcks who will pick up 1/2 day (before...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-26-2018, 08:45 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 918
Posted By CityGarden
Just did a quick google search and it says that...

Just did a quick google search and it says that feature is coming soon. See the link: https://www.braintreepayments.com/features/venmo

Does Venmo allow you to send invoices and track your...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-25-2018, 01:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 457
Posted By CityGarden
I did it! Notified the two families that pick up...

I did it! Notified the two families that pick up later than the rest of my group. I gave them a little less than a week notice but both are SAHMs and I sweetened the offer a little bit.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-25-2018, 12:58 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 918
Posted By CityGarden
Does Zelle allow you to send invoices / reminders...

Does Zelle allow you to send invoices / reminders like you describe above? What I like about Zelle is several major banks are with them i.e. Chase, Bank of America, etc. but I have not used them for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-25-2018, 12:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 520
Posted By CityGarden
I like what Mother Goose Time looks like...

I like what Mother Goose Time looks like online...

I also like Play to Learn Preschool (one teachers pay teachers) and Pockets of Preschool (also on teachers pay teachers).

None of those match...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-25-2018, 12:39 PM
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Views: 478
Posted By CityGarden
I think you know you have to term them then. If...

I think you know you have to term them then. If you know you are terming them then I would secure the full time spots before you term - just to CYA from the potential FT families changing their mind...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-25-2018, 12:37 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 487
Posted By CityGarden
Meal Prep Kits!!!

I love Instacart and used to use them all the time. The first time I used them my dd was very sick and as a single mom she was too young to leave but truly to sick to come with me.... Instacart to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-25-2018, 12:21 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 667
Posted By CityGarden
I am a new provider only a year in... I have 6...

I am a new provider only a year in... I have 6 dcks.

2 dcks I will not miss at all once they leave. I am counting down the days.

2 dcks I would miss briefly as I adjust and will love seeing...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-25-2018, 12:13 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 478
Posted By CityGarden
I make more financially with PT spots because I...

I make more financially with PT spots because I charge more for them but I agree with you that having the same children everyday has huge advantages and there a good reasons for FT having priority...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-23-2018, 10:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 668
Posted By CityGarden
Do you think that would be better for him then...

Do you think that would be better for him then having dcm pick up 1/2 day?

I do feel torn.... on one hand switching to 1/2 day means he "wins" his desire and learns he can continue manipulating to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-23-2018, 02:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 668
Posted By CityGarden
He was doing so good here and I really wanted him...

He was doing so good here and I really wanted him to leave on a high note but I cannot think of anything other than the sleep that is causing so much anxiety for him.

I do want him to be set up as...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-23-2018, 02:09 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 668
Posted By CityGarden
OMG that was my exact reaction the first time he...

OMG that was my exact reaction the first time he mentioned it to me! :eek:

That said I really try to not judge the parents in my program. Each of us has to do what works best for us and there is...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-23-2018, 01:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 668
Posted By CityGarden
I agree that it may reduce his stress if he knows...

I agree that it may reduce his stress if he knows he will be picked up before nap.... I do worry the larger center could be a huge failure for him now but honestly I think it would be good for him...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-21-2018, 02:49 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 668
Posted By CityGarden
Signs of concern.... This week he went pee...

Signs of concern....

This week he went pee on himself twice in the same day - during lunch he refused to eat, when done with lunch all the kids know they go potty wash hands and lay on their nap...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-21-2018, 02:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 668
Posted By CityGarden
DCB Nap And Drop Off Troubles

In need of advice...

Background:
dcb attends M/W/F initially 1/2 day with pick up after lunch but increased to pick up after nap time because dcm could not get him to nap at home and knew he...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-21-2018, 10:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 416
Posted By CityGarden
Best of luck on your new endeavors!!!!

Best of luck on your new endeavors!!!!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-21-2018, 10:11 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 918
Posted By CityGarden
Most of my parents pay via Brightwheel which I...

Most of my parents pay via Brightwheel which I love!!! (I am just trying to get rid of Brightwheel for other reasons.)

I do accept checks and cash.... the dcm that pays cash hands it to me in a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-17-2018, 02:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 457
Posted By CityGarden
Schedule Changes

Moving away from contracted hours based on pick up times I am now offering 1/2 day (with pick up after lunch) and full day (pick up at 3:00pm after nap).

This leaves my enrollment at:
4 dcks pick...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-17-2018, 01:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 508
Posted By CityGarden
Indoor Playground vs. Home Daycare

In my area there are plenty of indoor playgrounds / birthday party places.... what do you think are the pros and cons owning an indoor playground vs. home daycare?

I am not presently considering...
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